Panasonic is working with one of Japan's largest rail companies to solve a new problem that has arisen in recent years: the rise of wireless headphones falling on railroad tracks.
JR East, part of Japan's former private rail group that covers Tokyo and Tohoku, reports that there were 950 headphone drops at 78 Tokyo train stations in the July-September quarter, according to Jiji Press. . The number obviously represents a quarter of all objects that have fallen.
According to JR East, station staff usually use one tool "Magic hand" type grabber to collect the largest objects falling, such as hats or smartphone. But the gravel between the rails makes smaller objects - such as the AirPod Pro headphones - harder to retrieve, which means that the staff he sometimes has to wait until the last train to be able to pick them up.
To deal with it issue, Panasonic has agreed to work with JR East on a vacuum cleaner device that is said to be much more appropriate to pick up small items such as headphones. You can see the device in the picture above.
Source of information: theverge.com